Are you prepping for your first Color Me Rad, Color Run, or Run of Dye 5k? As a two time Color Me Rad runner, there are definitely some things that I wish I had known my first go round.
1. Do not expect a PR or set a goal finish time. Sure, it may be considered a “race,” but it’s a super-casual event. From my experience, most participants are walkers. If you set a race goal, you’ll just end up frustrating yourself with weaving in and out of the crowds. Instead, set out to enjoy yourself and get tie-dyed.
2. Wear sunglasses. You know those cheapie glasses they provide? Wear ’em. And while you’re at it, try to hold your breathe while running through the color stations. Breathing in corn starch is no picnic. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
3. Bring a damp towel in a bag. When you get to your vehicle, towel off as much of the color as you can. The less color that sinks into your skin, the better.
4. Go straight home and shower. As much as you’ll want to go grab lunch or a few drinks in your tie-died state, showering is the best option. The longer you wait for the color to set in, the longer you’ll be in the shower. After my first Color Me Rad, a 45-minute scrub session couldn’t even remove the caked-on layers of color. I’m pretty sure I lost at least one layer of skin. Don’t be like me: shower immediately!
5. Bring a change of clothes. Yes, this might be common sense for the habitual racer, but you’ll appreciate it even more when your clothes are covered in color powder. Unless you have clothes replacements, your floorboard, seat, and seat belt will be depositing tie-dye on you the next time you get in your car. Besides, who wants to towel off and then be stuck in dirty clothes?! Not this girl.
Looking for additional running tips? Be sure to check out my Half Marathon Essentials post!